PORTLAND -- A teenage girl was the latest victim in a series of four shootings over the weekend in Portland.
The girl was shot after fighting broke out inside the American Legion hall at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Mill Street, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
A witness said the 16-year-old girl was at a friend's Sweet 16 birthday party when the fighting broke out. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with a wound that was not considered life-threatening.
Simpson said several more fights broke out as officers arrived, and additional officers were called to restore order in the neighborhood.
It was the fourth Portland shooting since Friday night.
A 17-year-old man was hit just before 7 p.m. Friday when someone opened fire near Southeast 119th Avenue and Oak Street. The victim was expected to survive.
Then on Saturday around 3 a.m., a 32-year-old man was shot just blocks away, near Southeast 99th Avenue and Oak Street. He was also expected to survive.
Shots were fired just after 10 a.m. Sunday near Southeast 141st Avenue and Stark Street, but police did not find any victims.
Officers did not find suspects in any of the four shootings. Investigators said three of the four were gang-related.
Due to the apparent spike in gang activity, Simpson said there will be increased patrols in the areas where the shootings happened.
It s got us concerned, what that means going forward is we are going to have extra patrols out this evening, tomorrow night, Wednesday night, focusing on gang areas, Simpson said Monday.
Anyone with information was asked to call police at 503-823-3333.